Use router table setups to shape profiles and joinery
Synopsis: Leon Segal makes high-quality picture frams, and his shopmade router table performs 90% of the work of making picture frames of high quality. It shapes the outside of a frame and rabbets for a picture and glass. With special fences and jigs, the router also neatly plows grooves for miter splines and for a slide-in back. Segal discusses design and materials, and how to shape and assemble the frame. He talks about mitering and pre-finishing parts, cutting and inserting splines, making and fitting the back, installing the picture, and other back details. A short side article by Ted Myers describes making frames from recycled molding and building a miter-marking gauge and clamping fixture.
I started making frames for my family’s paintings and photographs because I was unimpressed by the cheap pressed-wood frames I’d seen in department stores. Once I decided to make my picture frames from exotic and domestic hardwoods,…